Tuesday, July 5, 2016

4th of July Weekend 2016

Our long holiday weekend was busy but ended with a nice, relaxing holiday yesterday.  Todd worked a half day on Friday and then drove to meet his sister to pick up our niece and nephew who we were having stay with us until Sunday.  We'd had our nephew, Andrew, stay with us several times but it was the first time our niece, Audrey, would also be coming.  I was a little hesitant to have 3 kids all weekend with being 37 weeks pregnant (mainly because I didn't want to go into labor with all of them here!) but it turned out great.  Lucy was little more ornery than normal but that's to be expected with a 2.5 year old having to share the attention with her cousins and not always getting to do what she wanted.  Plus, it was a little bit more challenging to get her to bed when she knew the other two didn't have to go to bed quite as early as her.  Overall though, we had fun and were busy!  We cooked out on Friday night and then walked to Handel's for ice cream.  On Saturday, we had donuts for breakfast, went to Zoombezi Bay for most of the day (I brought Lucy back a little earlier than Andrew & Audrey), walked to dinner at Noodles & Company, and ended with ice cream sundaes at home. Todd made a big breakfast of chocolate chip pancakes, bacon, and eggs on Sunday morning before taking the kids back.  

Donuts on Saturday morning

Lucy claiming her chair at Zoombezi Bay

Group pic before hitting the water slides/pool

It was really overcast and not very warm on Saturday so Lucy didn't last as long as the other two so on our way out, she wanted to stop and take a picture on the big chair

Yesterday for the 4th, we went to my friend's house in Upper Arlington for breakfast and to watch the parade.   The 4th is a HUGE deal in UA; in fact, people set up their chairs for the parade a week in advance!  In high school, we'd always go to my friend's parents' house for breakfast and then to watch the parade and this was the first year since then that I'd gone.  It was a little chilly and drizzly out but the kids still had fun.  Afterwards, we stopped at the fire station I train at so Lucy could check out the fire trucks she'd seen in the parade.  We relaxed at home the rest of the afternoon (well, I did....Todd worked on his beer room in the basement) and then cooked out for dinner.

Olive, Lucy, and Loring hanging out at breakfast

Watching the start of the parade

Lucy & Olive in their little chairs

Old school fire truck driven by one of the UA firefighters I train

High school friends!

 Family photo

Lucy sitting on the ladder truck

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